21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Bergerac-Roumanière Airport, Drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rocamadour
— 1 night
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive
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Castellane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Bonifacio
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly

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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 2 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 11th (Tue), Head underground at Grotte de Bernifal, Head underground at Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, then paddle through the water with Canoe Detente, then take a memorable tour with Montgolfiere et Chateaux, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, appreciate the history behind Statues des Trois Oies, then take a memorable excursion with Canoe Dordogne, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online sightseeing planner.

Bengaluru, India to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 25.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Sarlat-la-Caneda due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step off the beaten path and head to Latin Quarter and Petit Palais. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, make a trip to Louvre Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning site.

Fly from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August: highs in Paris hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Rocamadour.
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Rocamadour — 1 night

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 16th (Sun), head outdoors with Saint-Cere Equitation, stroll through Gouffre de Padirac, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte des Carbonnieres, then Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, then identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at La Foret des Singes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour trip itinerary site.

Getting from Paris to Rocamadour by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 3 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Step out of the city life by going to Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Base Canyon de la Besorgues. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gorges de l'Ardeche and Grotte de la Cocalière. Explore Vallon-Pont-d'Arc's surroundings by going to Bois de Paiolive (in Les Vans), Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap) and GEO Ardeche Canyon (in Aubenas). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, get interesting insight from Tours, explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online attractions planner.

Drive from Rocamadour to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc when traveling from Rocamadour in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Castellane.
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Castellane — 2 nights

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. On the 20th (Thu), get outside with Route des Cretes La Palud, then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, then head outdoors with Verdon Escalade, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Moto d'Entrevaux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Castellane trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Castellane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Castellane can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Annecy.
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Annecy — 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Annecy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Castellane to Annecy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, Annecy is slightly colder than Castellane - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): cross one thing off your bucket list with A2L-Parapente, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges de la Diosaz, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally explore the activities along Lac Blanc.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix road trip site.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 2 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, and finally step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Plage du Grand Sperone, see Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de San Giovanni, and finally kick back and relax at Plage De Roccapina.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bonifacio trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Chamonix to Bonifacio by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Bonifacio, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Calvi.
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Calvi, Corsica — 3 nights

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): head outdoors with Arinella and Algaio Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Ile Rousse, head outdoors with Epir, take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Spano, then kick back and relax at Plage de Calvi, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Blaise, identify plant and animal life at Cirque de Bonifatu, delve into the lush surroundings at La Foret de Bonifato, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then take a tour by water with Galeria Marina, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Galeria.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Calvi travel route planner.

Drive from Bonifacio to Calvi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bonifacio in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Calvi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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